Coming Home

Pastel paintings
By Shoshanna Ahart


Opening Reception
Thursday, April 26, 2012
7:00 PM


    April 25 – May 22, 2012
    Informationzentrum Naturpark Altmuehltal
    Notre Dame 1
    85072 Eichstaett

    Daily 10 AM – 5 PM
    Telephone: 08421/98760

In her exhibition, Coming Home, Shoshanna Ahart presents work created during the summer of 2011 while, an artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) in the United States, as well as, new work created in and around her adopted home of Eichstaett, Germany. While working at VCCA, Shoshanna explored various aspects of the landscape, including the themes of water, sky, plant life and nature’s relationship to the rural architecture of Virginia. Although the Virginia landscape and architecture are different from the Altmuehltal, she began to see a connection between her American and her German works and the idea of exhibiting the two groups together quickly developed.

Shoshanna Ahart was awarded her first artist residency to VCCA in 1992. Through the VCCA international artist exchange program, she was awarded an artist residency to the Oberpfaelzer Kuenstlerhaus in 1995 and again in 1998. “I owe my entire ‘German experience’…really my life here in Germany to the VCCA…without the opportunities they gave me I never would have visited Bavaria.” In 2011, she was one of two German artists awarded an artist residency by the Oberpfaelzer Kuenstlerhaus to Virginia. “I was so happy to be back at VCCA after almost 20 years,” said Shoshanna, “…but by the end of my stay I was really homesick for the Altmühltal.”

Both of the environments – VCCA and Eichstaett – are very special to Shoshanna Ahart. “In English we have a saying, ‘Home is where the heart is.’ Where is my home, where is my heart? It lies on two continents. How is this possible? I am deeply connected to both the United States and Germany.

“Places are like people, they have unique personalities. People get to know each other through conversations and interactions. I get to know places through the act of painting. Through repeated painterly observation, the characters of places are revealed to me.”

Coming Home is a love-letter of sorts to these two places. “The places are different and yet, similar…and both are so much …of who I am…they have inspired my work…and my work is…after all…me.”


A Walk through Eichstaett
2011 Calendar

Limited Edition

Kalender 2012

Twelve new pastel paintings featuring vignettes of Eichstätt and its beautiful gardens.

  • 12 full-color reproductions of pastel paintings
  • New artist's information page in English and German
  • Eichstätt history page in both languages
  • Months and days of the week in German only

TO ORDER (or for additional information)
Please email with your name, address and number of calendars desired.
Or send a postcard to:
Ahart Atelier
Am Graben 34
D-85072 Eichstätt

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